Isla Jean, Pregnancy

The secret to stopping a baby from crying

It’s true, I know the secret to stopping a baby from crying!


We seem to have the odd night, maybe once a week or so when Isla just isn’t happy at all. She will cry and scream for hours and nothing we do will comfort her. It breaks my heart. We’ve tried cuddling her, swaddling her, feeding her, changing her nappy, changing her clothes. We’ve been out driving, we’ve walked around the house, we’ve bounced on the birthing ball, we’ve even tried a dummy which is something we didn’t really want to do. Sometimes the dummy works if you swaddle her and bounce at the same time, but often she will only settle for a short while and then carry on screaming again.

I met up with a friend for coffee the other week and Isla started fussing while she was holding her, and she let me in on her secret that works with her daughter. I told her she was insane and that there was no reason why that would work. But she reassures me that it does work, and yes, it is insane and there is no reason why it would work. She has even told the nursery staff at the nursery where her daughter goes and they agree that it works.

So what is the secret?

Singing Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday

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Yup! Sing Happy Birthday and it seems to settle Isla, and various other babies it seems. If it doesn’t work at first, try a bit more enthusiasm. It may just be the tune, as I’ve changed the lyrics when singing it to her when I’ve needed to get Chris to pass me the remote, or get me a drink or something – as long as you sing it all to the tune of Happy Birthday, then it still works!

Don’t believe me? Give it a try and let me know how you get on with it!


P.S. Isla is currently asleep in her moses basket – I know, it won’t last for long! But she is making the cutest noises in the world, totally sounds like she is singing to herself! I think I might try and record it so I can play it to Chris when he gets home from work!


  1. sammioneill

    June 30, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Did you know that Happy Birthday is based on a Mozart tune and Mozart is widely known for calming babies….I may have a CD I can send you…..xxxxx

  2. Detta

    June 30, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Love this! I reckon it’s because of the major key and the major 4ths and 5th intervals in the melody and the fact it is based around a Mozart tune as Sam said. Those natural intervals are proven to have soothing effects. I’d deffo try some Einaudi too if you haven’t already πŸ™‚

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